What: Seminar Presentation
Date: Friday 11/15/19
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Who: Todd Kincaid, Ph.D.
Description: There used to be so much more coral.” “There used to be so many more fish.” “The water used to be so clear.” These are all too frequent comments common to discussions with anyone having dived for a decade or more, regardless of the dive site being discussed. As more and more new divers enter the water, who, as amazed by their first encounters with the underwater world as the divers before them, assume that what they’re seeing marks the normal or even pristine condition, our collective memory of the truly pristine, our baselines for quality, are continuously eroded. Stopping this process of shifting baselines is our mission.
Project Baseline is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaging divers and snorkelers to record change in the world’s underwater environments and to work with others to preserve our natural and cultural treasures. Our mission is a Call to Action for all divers to become the voice for the underwater world that we love but too often take for granted. We’ve engaged nearly 300 divers to document sites in oceans, lakes, rivers, and springs in 43 countries. Together, we’ve conducted over 7,500 dives and contributed >3,400 pictures and nearly 57,000 temperature readings to our web-accessible public domain database while collaborating with academic, government, and conservation entities to foster ongoing monitoring and research programs. To succeed though, we need support and participation from vastly more of the roughly 6 million divers and 20 million snorkelers currently active across the world. We need You to speak up for your underwater backyard, to apply your unique access to the largest part of our planet that such a tiny fraction of humanity will ever get to see for themselves, to the growing global effort to restore and preserve it – for ourselves, and for all who come after us.
Come to our talk. Learn about our mission, the environmental problems we’re helping to solve, and most importantly, learn how You can help to Save the World – or at least – RESTORE & PRESERVE THE TYPE OF WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN.